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2000 NFC Divisional Playoff Game - New Orleans Saints v Minnesota Vikings

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Your face is covered with a five-pound helmet identical to the ones the 52 other people on your team are wearing and you’re all rocking the same uniform. How can you set yourself apart from everyone else squaring up at the line of scrimmage?

It’s gotta be the shoes. Well, the cleats.

As brands like Jordan, and its parent company Nike‘s influence in the league grew when it came to on-the-field accessories, so did sales of its coveted sneakers. The NFL’s uniform policy—though recently relaxed—calls for cleats to match the uniforms. But everyone from the flashy Deion Sanders to the quiet-as-kept Donovan McNabb has compelled a Jordan brand plug to bless them with player exclusive cleats to show off to the world on Monday nights, and sneaker heads are here for it.

Check out the best NFL cleats of all time.

The Dallas Cowboys play the Washington Washington Football Team

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Player: Dez Bryant

Date: December 28, 2014

Sneaker: Air Jordan VI

Philadelphia Eagles v Dallas Cowboys

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Date: December 29, 2013

Sneaker: Air Jordan XII

Dallas Cowboys v Philadelphia Eagles

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Date: December 14, 2014

Sneaker: Air Jordan 11 Low “Concord”

Dez Bryant made a name for himself as a wide receiver at Oklahoma State and was even one of the best track and field stars in the country. That type of clout will earn you some of the freshest cleats on the field. Only Michael Jordan has a better collection than him. He said it himself. We’re sure he has some gems ready for the upcoming season, too.

Washington Washington Football Team Deion Sanders fools Detroit Li

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Player: Deion Sanders

Date: September 10, 2000

Sneaker: Air Jordan XI

If there was a NFL player who invented the word flashy, its Deion “Neon” Sanders. You know that the man who once said, “If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good,” stayed laced in exclusive Jordans on the turf.

Washington Washington Football Team ...

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2001 NFL Pro Bowl - AFC v NFC

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Player: Warren Sapp

Date: February 4, 2001

Sneaker: Air Jordan XI “Bred”

The defensive line stayed laced too, especially Warren Sapp. Hailing from The U, he was known for his hard-hitting tackles, occasional outbursts, and pummeling QBs in Jordan 11s that had his last name sewn into the tongue.

St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner (L) is sack

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Date: November 26, 2001

Sneaker: Air Jordan VI “Black Infrared”

Sapp handled his business as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, sacking the Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner. Even the Rams’ infamous”Greatest Show on Turf” offense couldn’t stop the 300-pounder.

Dallas Cowboys v Philadelphia Eagles

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Player: Terrell Owens

Date: December 19, 2004

Sneaker: Air Jordan XIII

Known for his off the field antics just as much as his on the field personality, Terrell Eldorado Owens always sported a pair of player exclusive Jordan cleats that were on full display during his elaborate touchdown celebrations. The Hall Of Fame committee said he was disruptive, but it’s only a matter of time before he gets his own bust.

Cincinnati Bengals v New York Jets

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Player: Terrell Owens

Date: November 25, 2010

Sneaker: Air Jordan III

T.O. wasn’t the lightning quick receiver we’d seen in years prior, but in his final NFL season he was still able to lead all Bengals’ receivers (including Ochocinco) in receptions—and wear Jordan cleats we’d never seen. He’d only be a Cincinnati Bengal for one season before an ACL injury forced him off the field.

New York Giants v Philadelphia Eagles

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Player: Donovan McNabb

Date: December 30, 2001

Sneaker: Air Jordan XI

The early aughts were prime time for the Philadelphia Eagles. It was when Donovan McNabb called the pocket his home for 10 seasons, became one of the highest ranked rushes for a quarterback, and wore Jordan XIs with his #5 etched into the heel.

Minnesota Vikings v Indianapolis Colts

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Player: Marvin Harrison

Date: November 8, 2004

Sneaker: Air Jordan XIII

Indianapolis Colts Marvin Harrison dives for a few

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Date: August 24, 2001

Sneaker: Air Jordan XIV “UNC”

Marvin Harrison was one of McNabb’s teammates while at Syracuse. Often considered one of the best wide receivers to ever play the game, the Philly native also wore tons of Colt blue Jordan’s, including IIIs, XIVs, and XIIIs. It also doesn’t hurt that he spent most of his 13-year career alongside Peyton Manning.

Oakland Raiders v New York Giants

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Player: Charles Woodson

Date: November 10, 2013

Sneaker: Air Jordan XI “Playoff”

Ice Cube fan or not, the simple grey, black, and white Oakland Raiders jerseys made them an easy favorite. And Heisman winner Charles Woodson took advantage of that by wearing Jordan cleats that effortlessly meshed with his jersey. However, he didn’t care about matching when he wore a gold pair of Jordan VIIs in his last Pro Bowl appearance.

Green Bay Packers v Oakland Raiders

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Player: Michael Crabtree

Date: December 20, 2015

Sneaker: Air Jordan VII

Michael Crabtree also took advantage of the Raider colors and has alternated between the African tribal print-inspired Jordan VIIs and a pair of blacked out Jordan XIIs.

Super Bowl XLIX - New England Patriots v Seattle Seahawks

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Date: February 1, 2015

Sneaker: Air Jordan VII “Seahawk”

2000 NFC Divisional Playoff Game - New Orleans Saints v Minnesota Vikings

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Player: Randy Moss

Date: January 6, 2001

Sneaker: Air Jordan XI

Atlanta Falcons vs Minnesota Vikings - December 1, 2002

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Date: December 1, 2002

Sneaker: Air Jordan IX

Randy Moss may hold the NFL single-season touchdown reception record, but he was never able win a Super Bowl. He played with the Patriots during their 2007-2010 drought as the team struggled to rekindle its old magic. But his best cleats came when he was a Minnesota Viking. These would’ve looked just as good on Kobe Bryant at the Staples center, but he didn’t sign with Nike until 2007.

Carolina Panthers v Denver Broncos

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Player: Von Miller

Date: September 8, 2016

Sneaker: Adidas Boost Yeezy 750

Being the highest paid defensive player in NFL history with a $114.5 million contract has its perks. But wearing whatever cleat you want during games isn’t one. Von Miller’s Yeezy Boost 750 cleats were banned by the NFL. But the league can never take away the story behind Yeezus signing his Yeezy’s; it’s peak Kanye.